Home Generators in Columbus
Installation and repair for your Columbus Home Generator
Are you prepared in the event of an extended home power outage? Sure, you have plenty of food and water, but what are you going to do about electricity? Have you thought about how you’ll stay warm if the home power goes out during the winter months? Or cool if the home power goes out during the summer? These are just a few of the concerns that you can put to rest with a home generator system. Regardless of the weather conditions outside, a whole-home gas generator will provide the home electricity you need to stay safe and comfortable indoors until power is restored. If you are interested in investing in a whole house generator system, contact Converse Electric.
Benefits of a Whole-Home Generator
We install home generator so that you receive numerous benefits. Whether you are concerned about comfort or functionality, a gas generator will ensure that your home is never without power for the systems you use the most.
- Comfort: Regardless of the weather outside, a whole-home generator will provide the power you need to maintain a comfortable indoor environment for as long as needed until your power can be restored.
- Continuity: Prolonged power outages can be extremely inconvenient, affecting your home or work schedule by limiting your ability to perform tasks or remain comfortable at home. A whole-home generator will ensure that your daily routine doesn’t suffer during storms or other power outages.
- Safety: Home lighting and security systems require electricity to function. Installing a generator will provide the power you need to ensure your home and your family remains safe, even when your home cannot receive outside power.
- Convenience: In today’s digital age, even a brief power outage can affect your household electronics. Relying on a whole-home generator for backup will prevent you from losing valuable work and files by keeping your electronics from shutting down or suffering damage when the power goes out.
Whole-Home Generator Basics
A whole-home generator is an on-site backup system for your home electricity needs in the event of a power interruption or outage. Unlike portable generators, a whole-home generator is installed permanently outside your home in a weather-shielded and sound-muffling container on a concrete pad, much like your central air conditioning system. The generator is tied into your home’s main electrical grid, ready to provide power at a moment’s notice. Whole-home generators operate on a fuel source such as natural gas, propane, or diesel and are ready to kick on the instant a problem with your home’s external power supply is detected. Depending upon its capacity, your generator can be tailored to run all, most, or just a few of the electrical systems in your home, such as lighting, HVAC systems, kitchen appliances, and electronics.
Buying a New Generator? Consider these Factors
An automatic home standby generator can provide security and comfort in uncertain times, but only if it’s the right generator. To make sure you don’t end up in the dark when the power goes out, keep these factors in mind when selecting a new whole house generator.
- Size – We use “size” to refer to the generator’s power output, or capacity. This largely depends on what you want (or need) to keep running during a power outage. You’ll obviously need a larger generator if you want to keep your entire home running as opposed to just a few lights and small appliances.
- Fuel – Generally, three fuel sources are available for residential standby generators: natural gas, propane, and diesel. Natural gas will be the most convenient option if you home is already set up for natural gas. Diesel-powered generators are typically reserved for very large home or commercial/industrial buildings.
- Noise – Although modern backup generators are relatively quiet, there are varying noise levels among different brands and models. Noise levels are also dependent on the generator’s operating efficiency, physical size, and fuel source. Your electrician can steer you towards a quieter generator if noise is a concern.
When you’re choosing a whole house generator, you should consider the following:
- Which home appliances you would need to use during an emergency
- Whether you want your generator turned on automatically or manually
- The type of fuel that will be used for your generator (such as natural gas or propane)
Generator Maintenance Basics
If you want your generator to come through for you and your family when the power goes out, you need to keep up with routine generator maintenance. In addition to reading the owner’s manual, keep these maintenance basics in mind to keep your generator in tip-top shape.
- Maintain the proper engine oil level per the owner’s manual
- Keep the generator’s intake and exhaust valves clean and free of debris
- Schedule professional service every 12-24 months, or after every 200 hours of use
Converse Electric Can Help
If you want the peace of mind that comes with a whole home generator, Converse Electric can deliver. Not only can we help you pick out the right generator system for your home, but our licensed electrical contractors can install it properly and keep it serviced over the years. For the very best electrical services in Columbus, call (614) 871-8700.
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